Euro Beat: You Must Watch This Dario Argento Video Essay From The Directors Of AMER

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Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best French movies of the year (and some others too), an announcement of a very exciting upcoming European production, plus a special Russian box office report!

Only a lucky few have had a chance yet to experience Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet's The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears, and, speaking as one of those few, I can assure you that it is a beautiful, full-on visceral and extremely intense sensory assault that, among other things, examines the way imagery from giallo and horror films of the 70's are re-contextualized by our subconscious. So who better to cut together a video essay on Dario Argento? No one, that's who.

And so, I implore you to watch this four-minute video the duo cut for the French channel Arte, which lays bare Argento's tropes and obssessions with elegant clarity. Water, eyes, gloves, knives, screams; It's all here! You're welcome.

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  • Monsiuer Hulot

    Dude....."Twixt" was so good. I finally caught it on Netflix, after hearing bad review after bad review.........and therefore putting it off for awhile. Loved it! Will probably watch again. As far as I'm concerned, another Coppola classic. I honestly don't know anything about "Twilight".....other than what seeps into my peripheral consciousness from what little pop-culture yammering I allow/overhear...but I'm guessing that is where much of the ire for this film came from......society's ODing of the "Twilight" franchise and the first-glance comparison that is a result of that. Kicked-fucking ass......and Kilmer was really good in it, too. He played the goofy pseudo-unsuccessful writer to a 'T'. Oh, oh........and the soundtrack....which I remember hearing that Dan Deacon worked on.......was really creepy and really outstanding. I don't know if that was all Dan Deacon or not.......either way....good stuff. Would have loved to have been in some of those 3D/remixed screenings....instead of some of those pretentious, uptight critics. BTW...this is in reference to that top ten list write-up.....obviously not the whole Argento thing.

  • Brian Clark

    With you 100%. I was hoping they'd honor some of this year's maligned movies by old masters like PASSION, THE COUNSELOR, or hell, even THE CANYONS though I didn't like it. We need more year-end lists from respected publications with movies like TWIXT on them.

  • Kurt

    Also a big fan of TWIXT (and The Counselor) here. I dug The Canyons too.

  • Argento hasn't been Argento in over 25 years. Poor sod.

  • Sasha Kozak

    I would mostly agree, but.. I did enjoy Giallo more than I expected, aswell as one of his MASTERS OF HORROR episodes. The Card Player and Mother Of Tears though both where horrible newer flicks of his.

  • The Card Player put me to sleep. It wasn't bad bad. But it was just dull. Sleepless had a couple great moments, but much of it was so poorly acted (and directed) that I found it hard to withstand. After TRAUMA I think he really fell off the wall creatively. Phantom Of The Opera and Mother Of tears are so bad they need riff tracks.

  • Kurt

    "which lays bare Argento's tropes and obssessions with elegant clarity. Water, eyes, gloves, knives, screams" --> And lots of broken glass!

  • Brian Clark

    I didn't want to give them all away!

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